Vintage print, Etching by Albert Devaris, Paris Scene
Offered is a splendid, etching, by Abert Decaris of a Paris scene along the Scène River in Paris. I'd surmise it to be from the Deco period. I cannot read the printing but it is two digits out of a total of 100 engravings. The print is in excellent condition and the frame is in very good condition, appearing to be the original. I did not examine the print out of the frame. Decaris is considered by some to be one of the greatest engravers of the 20th century. Years ago I sold a very similar piece, depicting Notre Dame. I'm sure this is from the same folio – Views of Paris. I'd date this to around 1950.
The frame measures approximate 21.5 x 27.5 inches with the positive space being approximately 20 x 25 inches.
French printmaker Albert Decaris was born on May 6, 1901 in Sotteville-les Rouen, France. Decaris studied printmaking at the Ecole Estienne and then learned engraving from Antoine Dezarrios. At age 18 he won the Prix de Rome for his engraving "Eve, Before Sin." Decaris began using his engraving skills to illustrate a number of books, including the Hellenistic poems of Leon Cathlin and The Fate of Vigny, Letters from Rome of Chateaubriand, The Book of Kings David and Solomon, Shakespeare's Macbeth and the speech from the Miseries by Pierre de Ronsard. In all he illustrated over 36 publications. Decaris also worked as a stamp engraver between 1936 and 1985, engraving some 600 stamps for France and French overseas colonies and territories.
You can't beat this cookbook for genuine southern recipes and a creative bent on those. Each weighs 2 1/2 lbs. and the set is in very good condition due to use and age, and are excellent condition in the case of the other six volumes. Collecting cookbooks is fun especially in an age that appears to be into gourmet cooking more than before.
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